Hi Yo Silver
A 2015 Rehs Contemporary Gallery Award winner
Horses! I’m not sure there is anything that captures the imagination of a young cowgirl or cowboy like the notion of riding a trusty steed into the Western sunset. Hi Yo Silver is an homage to the young buckaroo spirit and features two horse toys that were beloved three generations apart.
The small toy on top of the rocking horse is a Lone Ranger action figure from the 1950s. (“Hi, yo, Silver! Away!”) It has a key, which, when wound, makes the lasso swing! The rocking horse is an exquisite, hand-carved creation from the late 1890s. I found it on my annual antique hunting trek in Roundtop, Texas - and as soon as I saw it, could see it paired with the Lone Ranger toy in grand fashion.
- You might think there are only two subjects in this image, but really, there are three: the Lone Ranger toy, the rocking horse, and the shadows. The shadows (double-cast in some places) provide a mythic quality to the scene - the ideal tone to reflect the character of a hero on horseback.
To get the shadows and shading to be this dramatic, I used three kinds of soft interior lighting - tilting each one to provide a different angle on the lasso and big horse’s ears. The resulting warm glow is exactly what I was looking for.
I entered the original painting of Hi Yo Silver into the Art Renewal Center 2014-15 International ARC Salon show and competition - and was delighted when it won the Rehs Contemporary Gallery Award. I was selected to be part of a group show held in October 2016 in New York City.
Rocking horse lovers: note the special attention to detail the maker of this toy took - there are leather stirrups and reins, and even a tapestry saddle blanket under the saddle!
Finally, if you are Lone Ranger fan, you can see a more closeup view of this toy in my print Sunset Trail.
- All Richard Hall prints are limited edition and hand-signed and numbered by the artist.
All of our prints are finished with a coating that protects the print and enhances light-fastness; we use the highest quality pigmented inks with an estimated lifetime of 118 years.
Canvas giclées: Edition of 50 (for all sizes), signed and numbered on the back of the piece. Archivally mounted or stretched and hand-coated with protectant. Framed canvas giclées are hand-framed in our studio with an espresso-colored frame with gold-tone lip. Unframed canvas giclées should not be framed with glass.
Paper giclées: Edition of 250 for 12” x 12” sizes; edition of 125 for 20” x 20”. Printed on high-quality, acid-free paper and comes with a hand-cut mat that fits into a standard-size frame. We recommend that you use a frame with glass to ensure longevity of your paper print.